Mask your Hair Loss in 1 Hour or Less!

June 09th, 2010, 8:46 pm

Mask your Hair Loss in 1 Hour or Less!

When it comes to treating hair loss, my (and I’m sure I’m not alone here!) biggest pet peeve is the amount of time that it takes to actually see results!  To help myself deal with my lack of patience, I try to find clever ways to conceal my hair loss while letting my laser helmet, supplemental regimen, and diet work its magic in the background.  Three such forms of concealment that I’ve found both to be safe for our hair and very effective in hair thickening are:

1)  Clairol Natural Instincts Hair-Dye

2)  Longhairlover’s Luxe Thicken Up!  hair thickening and styling lotion

3)  Hair-Tek Ionized Hair Fibres

The above is in the order of application, and takes roughly an hour or less to apply, with the once-a-month hair-dye taking up the bulk of that time.  Below is a description of each, and why I chose to use these over other products…

Clairol Natural Instincts Hair-Dye


Have you ever dyed your hair before?  I have a few times throughout my life… at first out of curiosity when I was younger, and nowadays just to give my hair an overall thicker appearance.  Typically, a dye job is done every 4 weeks or so, and this general rule-of-thumb also applies to Clairol’s Natural Instincts product line.  My primary reason for choosing Natural Instincts is that it lacks ammonia and other chemicals that are simply straight-up caustic to the health of our hair.  If I wanted to attempt to conceal my hair loss without giving a care to my scalp and hair, then I’d simply use DermMatch!  However, our goal here at as consumer hair loss advocates is to help you make informed decisions on quality hair loss products, while delivering you from the agony of the heavily marketed and hopelessly helpless junk available en masse.

Having used both ammonia-based dyes and Natural Instincts, the most obvious and immediately noticeable difference was the texture of my hair.  With the former, each shaft was certainly thicker but had an unnatural feel to it.  However, with the latter, my hair is considerably softer than before application of the dye and lacks the rough feeling of an ammonia-based dye.  This makes shampoo application significantly easier in the shower (using less product, thus saving you more money in the long run), and due to the natural composition of the product, the likelihood of scalp inflammation (leading to hair loss) is practically non-existent when compared to the competition.

Dye Application

The actual application of the dye is incredibly easy, and the instructions provided with Clairol’s Natural Instincts are straight-forward and a breeze to follow.  The entire process takes roughly ten to twenty minutes in my experience, and then you’re ready to move right on to phase 2…

If interested in giving Natural Instincts a spin, I’d recommend picking it up at your local Wal-Mart or CVS for under $10.  Often, coupons are available, so keep a sharp eye out!

Longhairlover’s Luxe Thicken Up! hair thickening and styling lotion

Go Organic or Go Home!

Hearkening back to our grade school days, I’m sure we can remember those few guys in our classes that loved to gel up their hair.  Fast-forward a few years to the present, and it’s not uncommon to see these once-thick heads of hair now significantly less lustrous than the glory days.  Of course, many factors are involved with hair loss, but many of the actives in cheap styling gels result in inflammation and clogging of the hair follicle.  It is for this reason that I began my search for a completely organic product, and was thrilled to come across Luxe Thickening Lotion!

How it Works

After a shower, try not to dry off your hair too much.  Now, apply some of the lotion to your hair and work it from the root to the ends, spreading it through gently with a comb.  You can either let it air dry, or use a hair dryer at a low setting (preferably with the “cool” option if your hair dryer has it) while gently combing your hair.  As it dries, the hair will stick together a bit, so it’s very important that you take care not to tug at the hair.  Simply gently work the comb through and the end result will be a fluffy, thicker head of hair!

A look at the ingredients…

The ingredients found in Luxe Thickening Lotion actually double as a nice treatment for your scalp.  For example, organic aloe vera is a potent anti-inflammatory, and organic grapefruit seed extract is fantastic at ridding your scalp of bacteria, parasites, fungi, and other undesirables. 

For more information, I recommend visiting the product’s web page at:

Hair-Tek Ionized Hair Fibres

Hair-Tek vs. The Competition

Many of us are aware of Toppik, a similar ionized hair loss concealment product that I myself have used for years.  Incidentally, Andy, the creator of Hair-Tek, used it as well!  So, if Andy was a long-term Toppik user, it makes a guy wonder… what could possibly be so wrong with Toppik that he would want to invest the money to make his own?

Well, I’ve looked into it and I’ll tell you right now; it must be something because the sort of ionization equipment necessary to create hair fibres is certainly not cheap!

Quite frankly, and in my personal opinion (having been a user of both Toppik and Andy’s Hair-Tek fibres), my biggest gripe with Toppik was that it not only seemed to have poor ionization (often settling on my scalp), but it came out clumpy and looked unnatural on my hair.  Even after years of usage and practice in getting it to look somewhat natural, I still wasn’t ever terribly impressed with the results.  Fortunately for all of us, Andy felt the same way, because if he didn’t then I’d still be dealing with trying to keep clumps of dusty crap off of my scalp!

A little spit and shoe shine goes a long way…

For those of you reading this article that were around for the beginning of OverMachoGrande’s “Do-it-Yourself Laser Helmet Revolution” (, you’d know that OverMachoGrande and I have nothing but respect for those who pick up their boot straps and get the job done themselves when they feel that the market isn’t delivering the type of quality product or service that us hair loss consumers both desire and deserve.  In the spirit of a true “DIY Guy”, Andy bought the equipment necessary to get the job done and then put in long, hard hours formulating the proper type of fibres to use. 

Unlike the junk used in other products, Andy uses natural sediment and keratin fibres (the competition typically boasts keratin when in reality the product contains less than 1% of it!) that effortlessly spreads and bonds to our hair follicles when applied.  I was incredibly impressed with my first application, however, I would highly recommend that users of this product consider purchasing the spray applicator.  I’ve found that it does a significantly better job of disseminating the fibres, thus creating a very natural and thick look for us hair loss sufferers.

If you’re interested in learning more about Hair-Tek, feel free to visit Andy’s site at the following URL:

In Summary…

Hair loss and thinning are an unfortunate fact of life that we are saddled with, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t have some fun and try to figure out and test all sorts of different ways to disguise our hair loss.  With that said, I now pass this article on to you, the reader, to share your experiences and ideas with all of us in the comment section.  What clever methodologies have you employed to cover up your hair loss?

This article was written by Dan Novitski, a.k.a. “nidhogge”.  Dan Novitski is a pioneer of Do-it-yourself Laser Therapy, and a long time consumer advocate for hair loss.  He can be reached at nidhogge(at)WorldHairLoss(dot)org.


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June 10th, 2010, 12:22 PM

I used to have to dye my hair periodically when I used to swim laps and used minox.  There is an awful chemical reaction between certain pool chemicals and minoxidil -it would really fry my hair and turn it red.

GOD it used to piss me off.  My mother would even say things like “Why are you dying your hair red?”, and I was always like “I AM *NOT* TRYING TO BE A GINGER, DAMMIT!”.  And, since my mom is crazy and I’m convinced that parents live for saying lifelong damaging things to their children, six months later she’d ask the same thing like she’d never asked it before.  “Why are you dying your hair red?”

Anyway, yeah, when I would dye my hair dark, it would look SIGNIFICANTLY FULLER.  Dying those little clear vellous and on-their-way-out terminal hairs maked a big difference back then.


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June 10th, 2010, 12:38 PM

I’ve never dyed my hair..never will.

The lotion looks ok..I think Morrocco Method’s has far more beneficial ingreds in it though. My all time fav was probably Xenna’s..which they no longer carry. Was MSM based. 

That Longhairlover’s website looks familiar btw. That’s right..that $400 topical wink




June 10th, 2010, 12:41 PM

Since this thread is about cheating, lol…

Here is a FANTASTIC trick for thickening up your hair, and I just figured this out not too long ago in search of making my longer hair style look cooler.

SEA SALT.  That’s right… sea salt.  I should do a forum thread on this.

You know how your hair always seems to look better when you come back from the beach?  Well, salt water really thickens out your hair and makes it look wavier than normal.  It gives it sort of an unreplicable volume and control.

Also, have you ever noticed that your hair sometimes looks a lot cooler THE DAY AFTER your shower and it’s a little dirty (especially in the morning when you just wake up), but, if you’re like me, it’s just too greasy or too dirty to keep it that way if you are going out in public?  Well, this may be an answer for you.

Well, if you didn’t notice, sea salt is everywhere these days.  It all of a sudden became trendy for whatever reason, so go buy some sea salt, and go buy a squirt bottle - A BIGGER ONE designed for cleaning sprays or whatever (that also can “mist”), not one of those little crappy ones.  Trust me… the little crappy ones will get clogged after the first few sprays, they only “stream” and don’t “mist”, and it’ll be a waste of your time and money.

I mix a crapload of sea salt with water, and I’m still toying with what I feel to be the best mix -although I think more is better.  So, there is usually a bit of salt left over in the bottle.  Right now, my current mix doesn’t have this -and I’m thinking about adding more.

What you do is take your shower and towel dry it so it’s damp, and then brush it out.  If it’s a non-laser day, I put in Zix.  If it’s a laser day, I do the laser, but I’ll come back and wet it again.

Then, bend over like you are looking directly down at your feel so all of your hair is hanging down, and spray in the sea salt.  I usually brush my hair just a little bit when I still have my head down.  Then, I work it all the way through to the ends of my hair with my hands, and lean up.

I just use my hands to style it a little bit, and man… it stays in place a little better, AND it looks wavier, cooler, and fuller.

Two things…
1) You’ll have to shake your head a lot when it’s completely dry to shake off the extra salt.  At this point, you’ll learn very quickly if you’ve sprayed too much because it’ll look like winter in Minnesota.

2) TRY AS HARD AS YOU CAN TO NOT OVERLY SPRAY YOUR SCALP.  When it dries, the salt can be uncomfortable and a little irritating.  If you keep that in mind, then it’ll be fine.

So, there you go.  I’ll wear my hair like this in my upcoming flowbee video.  It definitely looks different -more “casual” and “natural”.


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June 10th, 2010, 12:55 PM

By the way, there are a couple of really expensive products on the market that use sea salt, and some of the results are incredible.

Go to this page: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ...and watch the video down at the bottom.  That’s some crazy volume on that chick, and you can imagine that this would help to make our hair fuller, too.

From everything that I’ve read on any of these products like this, the primary ingredient is a little bit of sea salt -yet, of course, they sell if for $25 freaking dollars.

Also, some people have said that they add just a drop or two of conditioner in it if they find it too drying.  I haven’t done that yet, but I might.

So, there you go… 


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June 10th, 2010, 01:07 PM


Gonna add a few more pictures in here when I have time, including what my hair looks like in the end when styled; I’ll post an update at that point in this section to indicate the change.


Thanks a bunch for that sea salt suggestion!!  Seem to recall you speaking of it in the past but I never tried it out.  Going to give this a spin soon and report back on my experiences.

I agree with you about parents too, lol…particularly, mothers!  Always pecking away at us and criticizing; sigh.


Ya, that topical really caught my eye a little while ago.  But, the last time I threw around that sort of money was when I had Elsom whip me up a KGF/SOD formulation.  I understand that the ingredients they use are pretty pricey in the formulation but I wonder how well it works?  Know of anyone that gave it a spin?

I’ll have to check out the Morocco Method stuff as well.




June 11th, 2010, 11:28 PM



seriously though, i do the clssic ‘caesar’, temple thing where i position my receded temple hair over my receded temples.  but its slowly running out, and it seems the more i position it, the more i lose from the constant aggravation from moving it.

i am also a fan of the cosmetic thickening these clays give.  haven’t tried those static fibre products, but i am getting to the stage where it will be neccessary.




June 12th, 2010, 05:45 PM

re. seasalt.

i totally agree, and many times i have thought about filling some massive containers from the sea for showers.

FWIW sea water is VERY close to our plasma {blood with erythrocytes(red blood cells) and leukocytes (white blood cells )and platelets removed}, except obviously for some bacterias, and microorganisms that inhabit it.  Therefore i think the same tonicity as seawater would be ideal.

for those that don’t know, saline has to be o.9 % sodium (salt), 99.1% water, before it can be added to our blood.

u have too much salt, then our red blood cells shrink because water flows out of them(called hypertonicity), too little salt, and our red blood cells explode because water flows into them (called hypotonicity), and just right i.e. 0.9 % sodium, 99.1% water, is just right (called isotonicity).  If this percentage is just right for our blood, then probably this percentage would be better for our scalp.  This could be proven by comparing sea water or saline, to water with higher or lower salt content.

ever wondered why tap water burns when it goes up ur nose?, its the salt (or absence of it).  Use saline and it doesnt burn.

You caould either measure the sea salt, or use prebought sachets usually sold for sinus problems.

just my opinion.




June 13th, 2010, 02:11 PM

Haha, I hear ya on the Caesar thing man…

Interesting thoughts on the saline .9% sodium/99.1% water solution as well!!



June 28th, 2010, 04:30 PM




July 12th, 2010, 10:19 PM

Has anyone here tried Aloe Vera Gel as a styling product for their hair? It’s actually not too bad. And it has some hair regrowing potential for some people supposedly. Sounds like a double whammy to me. And since I keep a short cut right now it’s pretty ideal for me since I don’t really need that much hold

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